Alpharetta Elementary School follows the Georgia Performance Standards and offers a technology rich environment where all classrooms have Bright Link Interactive projectors, document cameras and classroom response systems. We have two computer labs that are available school-wide, plus 5 laptop carts and 3 iPad carts. Alpharetta Elementary School focuses on meeting students where they are and taking them an additional full year of academic growth.
With instruction always grounded
in best practices, Alpharetta Elementary employs a variety of instructional
models in which selected teaching strategies, approaches, and student activities
achieve the greatest student understanding, engagement, and outcomes.
Personalized Learning in an approach that customizes learning
for each student's strengths, needs, skills, and interests. Alpharetta
Elementary emphasizes three tenets of personalized learning: Just-In-Time
Instruction where instruction
is available when it is needed, Varied Learning Strategies where students are
given more than one way to learn the material or access content, and Co-Planning
Learning where students work with their teacher to understand what they know,
what they need to know, and how to get there through reflection and review of their
understanding, watch a short
video explaining Personalized Learning.
practices are further supported by a wide-range of adaptive software
and changes to the needs of the student.
Adaptive software supporting this model and available at Alpharetta Elementary
is iRead, iReady Reading, iReady Math, TeachTown, Redbird, Study Island, and
utilizes the Workshop Model for Reading and Math in all grade levels. The
Workshop Model encompasses a range of learning strategies that support the way
children learn best as well as leading children to take charge of their own
learning through engaging activities. The Workshop Model teaches explicit
strategies with a balance of instructional approaches utilizing whole group
instruction, small group instruction, and individual conferences to produce high literacy involvement
and interactive real-world math engagement.
Alpharetta Elementary uses phonics instruction in Kindergarten
and First grades to enhance reading and spelling instruction.
Phonics instruction stresses letter/sound recognition and teaches sound
relationships to the printed word in a methodical manner, as well as, teaching
tools needed to analyze unknown text.
and Writing Units of Study
Fourth and Fifth grade Reading
and Language Arts instruction is based on the Reading and Writing Units of
Study. This instruction employs the Workshop Model to build reading stamina and depth
of understanding using increasingly complex texts. The writing instruction also
uses the Workshop Model to incorporate understanding of the writing process and
by practicing various types of writing structures culminating in publishing
Based Questioning (DBQ)
Fourth and Fifth grade Social Studies curriculum utilizes DBQs or Document Based Questions to explore
and immerse their learning of content. DBQs require short, essay type
answers to content questions based on the student's understanding and supported
by references from the learning source material. This in-depth look and
comprehensive summation requirement produces a solid, in-depth understanding.
our students successfully participate in Project Based Learning (PBL) at
AES. Students investigate and respond to a real life problem or
challenge. Each grade level creates a different unit based on content
standards with a focus, for example, on math. Students share
their knowledge in multiple ways, ranging from designing a blueprint for the
perfect outdoor classroom space to gathering evidence for a debate, such as,
nature vs. nurture. Click on the link below to watch an overview of PBL.
the AES Project Based Learning website to learn more about what AES students
AES Project Based
Supportive Academic Software Programs
Studies Weekly for Social
Studies, Science and Health - Studies Weekly offers online learning as
well as a paper version. This program supports our DBQ instructional
model and is utilized in grades 3 through 5.
Study Island - Web-based instruction, practice,
assessment and reporting software for grades 2-5 in Reading, English/Language
Arts and Science and Social Studies. The program is tailored to the
Georgia Performance Standards and self-adjusts to meet the students’ abilities.
This program is used school-wide for grades K-5.
Web-based instruction teaching foundational digital skills in word processing,
spreadsheets, presentation software, database software, desktop publishing,
computer hardware basics, graphics, keyboarding, and software
coding. EasyTech lessons range from kindergarten through 8th grade using
interactive lessons, quizzes, and real-world applications using Microsoft
Tumblebooks - An
online collection of animated, talking picture books as well as beginning
readers, chapter books, and graphic novels and is part of our eBook collection.
Citizenship by Common Sense Media - Yearly, Alpharetta Elementary
provides Digital Citizenship instruction using the Common Sense Media
curriculum for grades Kindergarten through 5th grade. This instruction
helps to create a positive school culture that supports safe and responsible
technology use. AES also yearly applies and meets the requirements to
become a Digital Citizenship Certified School.